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3 Morris County men plead guilty in 2018 Victory Gardens home invasion

MORRISTOWN, NJ (Morris County) – Three Morris County men have plead guilty in connection with a home invasion robbery that occurred on the evening of October 21, 2018 in Victory Gardens, according to Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp.

Victor Hernandez, 20, with a last known address in Rockaway Borough, entered a guilty plea on Feb. 11 to second-degree conspiracy to commit armed robbery. The state will recommend that Hernandez be sentenced to three years in New Jersey state prison subject to the eighty-five percent parole ineligibility requirements of the no early release act, Knapp said.

Marlon Martinez, 23, also with a last known address in Rockaway Borough, entered a guilty plea on Feb. 11 to second-degree conspiracy to commit armed robbery. The state will recommend that Martinez be sentenced to three years in New Jersey state prison subject to the eighty-five percent parole ineligibility requirements of the no early release act, Knapp said.

Carlos Rodriguez, 22, with a last known address in Victory Gardens, entered a guilty plea on Feb. 27 to first-degree Armed Robbery. The state will recommend that Rodriguez be sentenced to five years in New Jersey state prison subject to the eighty-five percent parole ineligibility requirements of the no early release act, Knapp said.

In pleading guilty, the defendants admitted to entering a residence located in Victory Gardens on the evening of Oct. 21. It is alleged that the residence was occupied by the leaseholder and two guests. Hernandez and Martinez both acknowledged that they were armed with weapons, specifically metal pipes, and that they had agreed with Rodriguez and one another to enter the residence to commit theft. Rodriguez acknowledged that he entered the residence with the two other males, both of whom were armed with metal pipes. Rodriguez further acknowledged that he stole a safe and metal chains from the residence while the other males used the metal pipes to threaten the victims, Knapp said.

All three defendants continue to be lodged at the Morris County Correctional Facility. Sentencing for all three individuals has been scheduled for March 29, 2019.

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